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Sunday, 12 November 2017

It's party season - Dress to sparkle

I can't believe it's that time of year when we need to ramp up the sparkle! It's amazing how just a few sequins or a bit of lace can really get you in the party mood. I've been out looking at party frocks because honestly I really wouldn't leave this sort of thing to the last minute - or you may end up not really liking your outfit or paying over the top to get 'something' sorted.

If you're not into dresses, don't panic, I plan to do party tops next - so there will be something for everyone. Believe me you are going to see more sparkle and lace on this blog over the next few posts that I will be in competition with your Christmas tree!



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Now what you want to make sure of is that you are wearing the dress and the dress is not wearing you! Here are a few tips to think about when trying them on:

Tip 1
Sparkle, lace, sequins - this is not your everyday wear. So you need to make more time to try on lots of dresses so that you can explore different styles to see what you like.

Tip 2
Don't wear jeans when you are out shopping for this kind of dress - have some thick black tights on and perhaps take your evening shoes with you so that you can get a true feel for the outfit 

Tip 3
For this type of shopping, take a friend. You don't want to play safe and believe me a good friend will tell you the truth. One of the dresses I tried on below I thought was perfect, but it turns out... it's not! Good friends will give good advice.

Tip 4
You need to decide on your budget BEFORE you go shopping - there is no midway point - these kind of dresses are either around the £60 price-point and then for the most part jump to £200+ - can you really afford to spend that?

Tip 5
Before you head out shopping, dig through your wardrobe and find all your evening shoes, bags, jewellery, wraps, jackets etc - you don't want to be buying more of the same old, if you are only going to use them a few times - it's nice to have a little vintage thrown in with new.






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Karen Millen
Embroidered Mini Dress
£235


Interestingly this was not a mini dress on me or the model on the website. This is very much a pencil style skirt that finishes above the knee. The pattern is gorgeous and I would say that the fit is true to size. This dress is stunning and it would be your statement piece as you definitely do not want to over-acessorise this dress! 

The one negative, I found the pattern around my thigh area not that appealing, I think I would be too self-conscious throughout the night whilst wearing it - a shame that the designers didn't think about this for pear or hour-glass for which this dress has been designed for.





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Ted Baker
RAECHAL
Lace peplum sleeve dress

£199

I loved this dress, the lace detailing was gorgeous and the fit it true to size. The skirt is a-line and it has pockets!! Love this feature. The fabric was fairly stiff and the dress sat well. The price-point is a tad steep but it is Ted Baker and this is a dress you can wear throughout the year and not just for tinsel season!

I highly recommend trying this one one if it suits your budget.





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Whistles
Amanda Lace Dress

£219.00


Before I even tried this dress on I knew it was going to be stunning, the lace detailing is fabulous. Again the price-point is a little steep but I already own a black lace dress from this brand and I wear it A LOT - so this would be a great investment piece.

The dress below was a size smaller than my normal size, but based on that I would say it was true to fit. The fabric is not as soft as the Ted Baker above, and if I'm truly honest I would prefer that one to this.








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Warehouse
Velvet Sequin High Neck Dress

£59.00


This is the one I wanted to buy... this is definitely a PARTY dress - loved the sparkle, loved the sequins, but sadly the really high neckline did not suit my bust line, you need to be more petite in that region for this dress to work.

I'm not sure why they call this velvet, it may be that underneath but every minute part if this dress is covered in sequins. I only saw it in black in store, but online they have it in navy and gold, but it looks like the gold is selling fast.

Fabulous party dress, great price-point and again sizing is true to fit.







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Ted Baker
SHARALI
Embellished collar velvet dress
£199

If you want to be more subtle with the bling, then this is the dress. I've never tried anything like this one before, as it's typically not my style - I loved it. I think it's a great look. For me personally the skirt didn't work with my body shape - you need to be either straight or an inverted-triangle as there is minimal waistline to this design, and whilst I normally like pockets this just added bulk. 

I didn't see one, but if this came in a top - I would be buying! I highly recommend trying this one on, I think you'll be surprised just how much you'll like it if the design of the dress works with your body shape.








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Oasis
NTU Lace Glitter Velvet Dress
£55.00

Now one of my forthcoming events is to an Art Deco restaurant and this place is all the glitz and glam! So I want to sparkle and I want the dress to look good from the waist up as I will be dining for the most part, so it's important to me that it looks extra fabulous whilst I sit.

This dress comes in two lengths, and I have ordered both online (whilst I was shopping!!) the dress below is too small and whilst I waited to see if they had a bigger size (which they didn't) I decided this is the one!

The glittery lace design and the velvet tube-like dress looks fabulous and thankfully the hour-glass fit works with my curves and not against it! Just waiting for them to arrive....






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Thursday, 9 November 2017

You Name It! - Handmade Jewellery by Westerman

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Personal. Designed by you. Something that no one else has - there is nothing like owning your own unique item of jewellery. 

This is how I feel about my necklace from Westerman, designed by Afke, a Dutch lady who makes handmade earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. I was given the chance to personalise these two gold discs; the top tag I opted for my name, for me it was that or my initials. The second tag I saved that for my two most special boys! ... my husband and my little dog, I've used their initials S & A so that I have them close to my heart when I wear it - and it's THAT alone that now makes this necklace very special to me.

You see with jewellery it's not a matter of how much does it cost? The question is always how much does the wearer value that piece of jewellery? When it's personalised, it's priceless.

This personalised necklace comes with two large tags and a gorgeous little moonstone charm and prices start from £22, to see more about this necklace, just take a look here.



The Westerman collection would make ideal gifts or a cheeky little present for yourself...

Handmade emerald bezel pear shaped earrings - 18k gold plated
£30.35 plus shipping









24k gold filled necklace with pineapple charm
£18.38 plus shipping





Personalised Necklace with moonstone - small tags with initials - 24k gold filled necklace
From £22 plus shipping




To find out more about Afke and her store take a look at her Instagram page, simply click here.







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The necklace in this post was gifted to me by Westerman, designed by Afke but I am not part of any affiliates programme with her, so any purchases you make with Westerman, designed by Afke using the links in this post there are no financial earnings to Lizzi of Loved by Lizzi.





Sunday, 5 November 2017

The best Floral Dresses for this Winter '17

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I am so pleased that the midi and maxi floral dresses which is associated more for beachy summer holidays has been transformed for this winter - and it's everywhere on the high street. And in typical Lizzi style, I feel like I've tried them all on, and so this post comes to you straight from the changing room. 

Now a few tips to get you started should you choose to invest in this trend...

Tip 1 - The floral pattern
Don't be scared - Yes you can do this. Patterns especially floral can be quite daunting, so consider the following when choosing; 1) Do you like it? because if you don't when you first see it, you never will. 2) Is the pattern in proportion to the scale of you? So if you are petite don't go for super large flowers and vice-versa 

Tip 2 - The style of the dress
With a maxi dress, one of the most important considerations is your body shape; especially if you are pear or hour-glass then you really need to think about the waistline of the dress, it needs shape! I've tried on quite a few straight cut maxi's and have had to accept the fact that whilst I love the colour and pattern, the dress simply doesn't suit me, a straight cut are best for those who do not need to emphasise their waists.

Tip 3 - Avoid too much 'floaty'
When you try the dress on, it's important to look at yourself from behind and take a good look at how much excess material there is floating around. I've found you can look super slim from the front and then as soon as you look at yourself from the side and back, if there is too much material, it just makes you bigger - take the dress off and put it back - it is NOT for you sweetie.

Tip 4 - Be brave - turn up the colour factor
I truly mean this, have fun with colour - you can accessorise with black, navy or another neutral - a dominant colour, preferably one that suits your natural colouring will bring you so much more joy. Promise.

Tip 5 - You can wear this day-look everywhere
To work, to brunch or lunch, to shop in - it's a versatile look that you don't have to save for best... 

Tip 6 - Get yourself some chunky boots!
Another super trend this winter is chunky boots - I'm loving mine, only £29.99 from New Look and I've worn them lots already. More on that later in this post.





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H&M Green Dress
£29.99



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Dress - H&M - I'm sorry but this dress it's not showing online at H&M - you can get this in store I've seen them in every H&M that I've been to over the last couple of weeks. I went one size down from my usual dress size I found this fitted me a lot better at the back.

Boots - New Look for £29.99 - Again there are not online but they are still in store as I saw them today!! I love the gold detailing and they truly are super comfy to wear - I've shopped in them for hours!


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ZARA Dress
£25.99


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Dress - Zara
Boots - M&S - as featured in 'These burgundy boots are made for walking...'
Coat - Ted Baker - as featured in 'One Ted Baker Camel Coat - Four Ways To Wear It'


The dress fits lovely and is true to size. Easy care too, I've found it super easy to wash and no need for an iron!! Just my kind of dress. I do have to point out though that this dress has an open back - which so far as been fine for me, but I can't wear it to work. I'm currently working on a solution for that, but until then this is a weekend only dress.




The open back





Other Floral Dresses to consider...


H&M
Patterned Dress
£34.99

I've been looking online at this gorgeous dress, I've yet to see it in store to try on - this is definitely on my hit list, especially to go with my red boots!

  





I've tried quite a few from Zara...

Long crossover dress
£39.99

Simply forget this one if you have a large bust line, this is a very deep V-front for a wrap dress - I did love the pattern, the material and even the skirt line as the hem comes up at the front, unfortunately this dress did not like me. I think if you are pear-shape with a small bust - this would be perfect for you!






Dress with bow at the neck
£25.99

I really loved the fit of this one, it's so similar to the purple dress above plus it has a closed back. Once I got it on, I was less keen on the colour and I found the floral pattern was too big for me too - it's one to try on to see if it suits you.







Midi Dress with elastic waist
£69.99

Now I think I am still considering this one, I bought it for a party but once it arrived and I tried it on, I just knew it would not be right for that event. With a head on to find the right dress I returned it. I saw it in store again over the weekend, and whilst I was a little concerned about the "little house on the prairie" look, there is something about it that I just love. May have to try this one on again!

I think this would be great for a family lunch... date night out for dinner...





Warehouse
Carnation Print Midi Dress
£59


I love this pattern and Warehouse has chosen to use it for more than one garment. I really liked this dress on, I just can't get away with the skirt for work, it's a little too frilly, fabulous though for a weekend party. And in fairness to Warehouse they suggest it's a weekend dress - I highly recommend a try on, as this pattern is simply gorgeous.














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Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Claudia Winkleman blouse and many more!

This autumn-winter blouses are a big trend - they are great to wear with skirts, trousers and jeans - No need to save them just for the office, this versatile garment is queen to any kind of event! 

Winter florals, another big trend at the moment, and it lends itself well to this garment. Not everyone likes to be head-to-toe floral so investing in a blouse is a good way to show off this trend without leaving your comfort zone.

A couple of weeks ago, Claudia Winkleman wore this blouse on Strictly and within no time at all I saw it all over Instagram, and that it was from Zara; knowing that I was out searching for blouses for this post, I particularly hunted this one out, and to my delight it was still in store. 



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Zara
Ruffled blouse with contrasting bow
£25.99







Most of my floral finds were all based on black sheer fabric, and one particularly issue I come across was the integral black vest which you would think is very useful, but not if the vest is too tight and the blouse fits perfectly. My advice here, is to get the blouse to fit you right and then if the vest is not, you can easily remove it and substitute it for one does - you can pick them up cheap in Primark or H&M. The reason I say this, you do not want to spend the whole time wearing it uncomfortable, but also if it's too tight on you, you can tell through the sheer fabric. Go the extra mile, and get the fit perfect.



First up is this number from River Island, the front panels are lined however I would recommend to still opt for a light black vest as you could see your bra at the back. I really loved the fit, the blouse is a straight cut so felt slimming enough to not have to tuck it in. I loved the tie neck too I think this is so feminine, I was less keen on the elbow bands this possibly could get a tad uncomfortable - but for £25 I thought it was a great price, and was one of my favourites.


River Island
Black floral print frill long sleeve blouse
£25







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This next one is from Zara, I loved the floral pattern very much, the fabric was quite stiff and no vest needed under this one. Again loved the tie at the top, I felt very glam and I have to say I was very tempted with this one. Fabulous price at £25.99


Zara
Floral Print Blouse with Bow
£25.99






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This blouse grabbed my attention as soon as I walked in store but I was less keen once I got it on. The vest top as I pointed out earlier was not the best fit compared to the actual blouse. The fit of the blouse was lovely at the top, but I found it was very baggy around the waistline making me look bigger than I am, not ideal! And at £45, this one was going back on the shelf, I didn't think it was value for money.


River Island
Black floral embroidered mesh long sleeve top
£45








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My search in House of Fraser led me to this gorgeous cream and gold blouse from Whistles. It was so super soft and felt uber lush to wear. The fit was good a little baggy at the waistline but with the soft fabric it allows you to tuck it in without getting too caught up. I think it's overpriced at £129. I would expect to pay more for this, as I think the quality was much better than the others, but not as much as that.

Whistles
Andrea Gold Dobby Spot Blouse
£129






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This last one was my favourite of them all; River Island and this time it is for out-out! 

I loved the black lace, you pop it on over your head and then you have to fiddle with two small buttons at the back of your neck to get the neckline correct. I think you have to face the fact that if you have one too many sherberts and no one can help you undo them at the end of the night, this may have to double up as a sleepwear!! (LOL) I just warning you.... I wouldn't fight it just go with it!

Since checking it out online I've also found it comes in Dark Green and White both are gorgeous but I personally would have the black. This one is on my list... to buy!


River Island
Black lace high neck long sleeve top
£35





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